Research Databases

Looking for an ancestor? Need help researching a paper for school? Looking for a new refrigerator? We provide several research databases to help you. These research databases are available at home, at the library, on the go. To access them you need your Peru library card number and your PIN. The PIN is the last four digits of your library card number.

World Vital Records Rectangle 2e - 255x83The Peru Public Library provides access into World Vital Records to our patrons. With your library account number (barcode) the database is accessible in the library, at home, anywhere, anytime. World Vital Records is a massive library database with billions of Family History and Genealogy records and millions of family trees. Peru library patrons may access U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940 (the most recently opened census), military records, the enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records, millions of newspaper articles among other local and international collections.

amnews new America’s News (a NewsBank product) access allows you to search over 1,700 newspapers for full-text articles. The library’s NewsBank account includes our own local paper, the NewsTribune back to 1997. Other newspapers include the Chicago Sun-Times, USAToday and the Christian Science Monitor. For help try Basics for Finding Newspaper Articles in Newsbank or ask a staff member. To search the NewsTribune for Illinois Valley news, click here for the archives of The News Tribune. Browse today’s news or search for stories, obituaries, sports, columns, and more. Available from home or inside the library.

The library’s has OmniFile Full-Text Select  providing full-text magazine articles from over 3,000 magazines, journals and dissertations. A sampling from the Omnifile journals includes: Adweek, American Bar Association Journal, Futurist, Saturday Evening Post, Skateboarder and Women’s Health. The OmniFile (also known as EBSCOhost) collection is from 1994 to present. Want a mobile version of our Magazine database? Use OmniFile Full-Text Select Mobile, providing full-text access to magazine and journal articles right from your mobile phone in a simple, easy-to-use format.

The Peru Library provides® to our patrons. Patrons can continue to read current issues at the library or quickly research products using the online (electronic) access. The electronic Consumer Reports, available here, can be used in the library or at home. Once at our eMagazine website, click on Consumer Reports.


WorldCat is usually considered an interlibrary loan tool, but its immense database of books and other formats is a wonderful way to locate older books and favorite authors. WorldCat has a special username and password for use from home, stop by the library to pick up the WorldCat username and password.